FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you plan to write more?
What inspired you to write Our Architect?
Who was the first character created?
Did this novel go through editing?
Did you create the cover? What does it symbolize?
How do you create your characters, settings, plots, etc?
What do you like best about writing?

Book Questions

Do you plan to write more? If so, can you give us hints on what your upcoming project(s) is?

Yes, Our Architect is slated to turn into a series. It will still follow our favorite characters.


What inspired you to write Our Architect?

When the idea for this first cropped up, I was going through the aftermath of a particularly challenging time during my life. I made mistakes. I lost all fire in my life and had to learn to rekindle it. I went through years of nothing but falling down and getting back up again and again, and I was no phoenix. My life is no war story, but I survived. I am proud of it. This book was born out of the idea to “keep going.”


Who was the first character created?

Lightning was the first character to come to existence.

He was created specifically as a fond memory of when I used to role-play with someone back in the late 1990s. We ended up creating several original characters that have a very special place in our memories. This “Lightning” character, however, does differ from the role-play one significantly.


Did this novel go through editing?

All my writing most certainly go through lots and lots of red ink whether by someone else (i.e. language professor, English lit friend, etc) or by my own hands on multiple occasions. I will never promise perfection, but I promise a story written to the best of my abilities.


Do you actually create your covers? What do they symbolize?

Yes. For example, the final creation of the e-book is a mix of vector art, photography, and hand-drawn sketches. Rita helped me with the final touch-ups. The cover shows Kei (on the left) quietly holding out her hand towards Winter (on the right) who does not seem to notice. The center features the Architect.

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I gave Kei “dirtier” colors than Winter who has all the bright and solid colors. Also, Kei’s appearance looks rawer and more disconnected while Winter’s image has clean lines and looks more crisp. The Architect is supposed to appear even sharper than the two illustrations. The rest I leave to the readers’ interpretation.

Writing Questions


How do you create your characters, settings, plots, etc?

I have a habit of going to a cafe, park, or some place just to observe people or talk in general. I have also met several special people and trying situations that all contribute to my writing. As for setting, I used to travel a lot and also took a class that sparked my interest in landscape architecture.


What do you like best about writing?

I love organizing all my ideas and watching them come to life. Each and every step of the process is exciting because I enjoy watching all the pieces (i.e. characters, plots, etc…)  materialize and shuffle together to create the final product. One day, I may remove over two chapters worth of material. Another day, I may discover an unusual quirk a character has. Every day is a discovery. That is why writing is a joy to me.